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Home remodels and poor estimates on public records will affect a property's price — and its attractiveness to buyers. Let us give you a reliable estimation of property area to establish a fair, unbiased value when purchasing a property, selling to potential clients, or reducing your property taxes.
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What are home measurement services?
Measurement services are just what they sound like: An appraiser measures the dimensions and square footage of a property, then draws a basic or highly detailed floorplan based on your requirements. The appraiser's report and floorplan is a form that can be used to prove a precise Gross Living Area (GLA), the sum of all livable area, of your home. These services are helpful and sometimes essential when challenging property taxes or selling a property.
How does a home measurement or floorplan service work?
During a home measurement service, a certified appraiser measures your home or property with a measuring tool — generally a tape or laser measuring device. As they move around the house, they notate the layout of the rooms and other features, like stairs, hallways, and fireplaces. They may sketch out the property. Then, the appraiser creates a report and a more detailed sketch showing the total square footage and the overall layout of the home. The resulting report is a document that can be used to prove certain details about your property — like the Gross Living Area (GLA) — on tax documentation, property listings, and more.
When are floorplan services required?
Real estate taxes
Property tax records often reflect incorrect area of a property because the values can come from many sources, and occasionally go unverified — meaning you may be taxed for more space than you actually own! Unless a certified appraiser has recently executed an evaluation on your property (after any updating that might have affected square footage), you'll need one to perform a home measurement service before contesting your taxes. An appraiser will verify an accurate Gross Living Area (GLA) of your property so your taxes reflect the actual square footage — and you can stop paying more than your property is worth.
Selling a property
A floorplan service will secure a fair price for your property. Square footage is one of the most important elements potential buyers look for when purchasing a house — but since square footage values are often estimated rather than accurately measured, your listing may show less Gross Living Area (GLA) than it can take credit for. An inaccurate GLA not only reduces the potential selling price of your property, but possibly even the amount of interested buyers. The only sure method of using a definitive GLA when listing your property is to reference a recent appraisal or home measurement service carried out by an appraiser (after any renovation that might have affected square footage).
Information for real estate professionals
To ensure that your client's home sells at a price that properly reflects market value, we recommend seeking a home measurement of the property. Clients, and especially potential buyers, will appreciate your thoroughness, and you can rest assured knowing the GLA on your client's listing is truly representative of their home. A measurement can also be a fantastic marketing tactic to interest potential buyers because they can review the layout and features of the home before and after a walkthrough. Contact Sirius Appraisal Services today to learn more about our floorplan services.
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